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Wed February 20, 2013
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300 Involved in Near Riot in Downtown Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Eight people were arrested this past weekend following a near riot in the parking lot of a Murfreesboro night club.

Every available Murfreesboro police officer was called to the scene of a brawl early Sunday morning at the club Main Street Live on West Main downtown. In all, more than 15 officers responded, including officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

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Tue February 19, 2013
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Smyrna Woman Indicted for Her Children's Heat-Stroke Deaths

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of two young children who died after being left inside a hot car in Smyrna has been indicted on charges of murder.

The Daily New Journal reports the Rutherford County Grand jury has charged Samantha Harper with two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated child neglect for the Aug. 2 deaths of her children.

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Mon February 18, 2013
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KKK Plans Rally in Memphis Over Confederate Parks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan has applied for a permit to hold a rally next month in Memphis over the decision to strip off Confederate names from Memphis city parks.

WMC-TV in Memphis reports that the city received an application from the group. Police said the KKK is planning a rally on March 30.

Chief Administrative Officer George Little said if approved, they’ll be treated like any other group.

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Fri February 15, 2013
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Police Say Murf. Man Confesses to His Wife's Murder


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Authorities say a Murfreesboro man has confessed to his wife’s murder.

Police have charged 30 year-old Jacob Pearman of 839 Kanatak Lane with first degree murder in the Thursday morning death of Carla Pearman.

The city’s 911 center received a call a little after 3 a.m. Thursday from Jacob Pearman’s parents saying they feared their son was contemplating suicide.

When police officers arrived at the Pearman home they found Mrs. Pearman dead in a bedroom.

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Wed February 13, 2013
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Former Rutherford County Jailer Accused of Extortion

Suspect Jessica Lehew, 31, of Murfreesboro.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — Rutherford County authorities have arrested a fired jailer on a felony extortion charge. Jessica Lehew (LAY'-hew) is accused of threatening Sheriff Robert Arnold with the release of embarrassing information.

Arnold called a press conference yesterday to say Lehew sent him emails stating she had damaging information about her former husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Will Lehew, and would send that information to a local reporter if Arnold didn’t reinstate her.

Here’s what the Sheriff had to say during yesterday’s press conference.

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